Friday, January 27, 2012

Dinner Plan for a Busy Week

As a feature of this site, I will be sending out weekly meal plans via email to all the subscribers of our newsletter through Google Friend Connect.  To sign up for our Budget Cooking for 2 weekly dinner plans,  all you have to do is sign up in the right sidebar with Google Friend Connect.  The plans will be sent to your inbox each Monday morning - and it's all free(See the bottom of this post if you have trouble locating the Newsletter Subscribe button.)

Below is a close-up look at a model of a simple dinner plan for a week when you know will be busy with work, classes, evening activities,  etc.


Thank you for signing up for the Cooking for 2 weekly newsletter from Married Living on a Single's Budget!

Each week you will receive an email in your inbox on Monday mornings with a dinner plan for the week.  This is a plan that we have followed ourselves at some point (and approve of!); therefore, they are taste-tested, but they are created for our portion preferences, etc.  Once you figure out how your preferences/appetites relate to ours, you can adapt the recipes/amounts as needed.

Each week will include:

  • a basic layout of each day and its dinner,
  • a grocery list,
  • a list of staples you may already have for these meals,
  • and recipes for each meal (if needed).

Weekly Plan

Monday: Beef/Barley Soup with Bread and Salad

Tuesday: Leftover Soup with Corn Muffins

Wednesday: BLT Sandwiches (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato in a Grilled Sandwich - I like to add cheese and sweet mustard to ours)

Thursday: Stuffed Peppers (can also be made with zucchini) and bread

Friday: Out to Eat

Saturday: Turkey Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday: No-Cook Day!! Eat popcorn, fruit, and yogurt for a light meal, skip right to ice cream for dessert, or make yourself microwave nachos with cheese, salsa, and any leftover stuffing for the peppers.

Grocery List

  • Fresh bread (or make sure you have the ingredients to use your breadmaker)
  • Soup mix (dried soup mix: CHEAP and in the dry goods/bulk foods section): ex. Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix
  • Cabbage
  • Hamburger Meat (2 lb., or more, if you're a meat lover!)
  • Tomatoes (at least 2)
  • 2 Large green peppers
  • Onion
  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix (CHEAP - at Walmart, 49 cents/box)
  • Coldcuts (for lunch and Saturday's meal): 1/2 - 1 lb. should do it
  • Frozen Sweet Potato Fries (from Walmart, grocery store, or Costco) - use and freeze the rest.
Items That You May Already Have:
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Milk
  • Chili powder
  • Bacon (IF not, add it to the list above!)
  • Egg


Beef Barley Soup: (makes 6 servings)
  1. If there are directions on back of mix, follow those.  If not, start your dry 2 cups of your dry ingredients mixed with water and milk on low heat in a large pot for 1 hour. 
  2. Add 1/2 lb. - 1 lb. browned ground beef, 1 c. shredded cabbage, 1 c. diced carrots and tomatoes to the pot, cover and simmer for another hour. 
  3. Stir occasionally for the last 15 minutes and serve with bread and shredded cheese if desired!

Stuffed Peppers: (makes 2 servings
  1. Brown ground beef, diced tomatoes and onions, and 1 tsp. chili powder and 1 clove garlic in a pan with olive oil until just cooked through. 
  2. Cut top off pepper and carve out seeds.  Rinse.  Fill with scoops of meat mix and top with cheese. 
  3. Place in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes (or longer, depending on size of peppers).  Serve with salsa and warm bread.

Jiffy Corn Muffins: (makes 6)

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Stir together boxed ingredients with 1/3 cup milk and 1 egg.  Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!

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